Pedagogy is at the heart of teaching and learning. Preparing young people to become
lifelong learners with a deep knowledge of subject matter and a broad set of social
skills requires a better understanding of how pedagogy influences learning. Focusing
on pedagogies shifts the perception of teachers from technicians who strive to attain
the education goals set by the curriculum to experts in the art and science of teaching.
Seen through this lens, innovation in teaching becomes a problem-solving process rooted
in teachers’ professionalism, rather than an add-on applied by only some teachers
in some schools.
Teachers as Designers of Learning Environments: The Importance of Innovative Pedagogies
provides a snapshot of innovative pedagogies used in classrooms around the world.
It sets the stage for educators and policy makers to innovate teaching by looking
at what is currently taking place in schools as potential seeds for change. At the
heart of all of these approaches is a sensitivity to the natural inclinations of learners
towards play, creativity, collaboration and inquiry. To illustrate how teachers use
these innovative practices, the publication presents examples from 27 national and
international networks of schools.
It is now generally acknowledged that the quality of an education system cannot exceed
the quality of its teachers. This volume goes a step further to argue that a teacher
cannot help students meet new educational challenges by continuing to draw on a limited
and perhaps even inherited set of pedagogies. And here lies the genuine importance
of innovative pedagogies.